Having just read the "hideous" review, I am aghast! My husband and I live in the gorgeous Northwest USA, are seasoned travelers (including Great Britain), have stayed in numerous 5-star resorts (including more than one Four Seasons), and have chosen to visit --and re-visit -- the Alisal for 6 winters in a row now. Their service, food, accommodations, and atmosphere is absolutely impeccable. They also happen to have a golf course to die for.
They are also decidedly low-profile, casual during the day, and accommodate families. It is, after all, a ranch. With horses and cattle and hayrides. It has been for centuries now. Even the most cursory research before making reservations would have revealed the Alisal's historical background.
If you want papparazzi, run! If you want to impress people with your sophistication and how much you pay per night, do go elsewhere. If you want to escape from the big city rat race, hear the birds and the breeze in the eucalyptus, drift on a spring-fed lake, maybe ride a horse, or re-connect with your kids . . . this just might be the pleace. We'd love you meet you next January or February!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and renowned Santa Barbara County wine country. Privately owned and operated since 1946, the Alisal is a working cattle ranch and full-service resort. This historic ranch is one of four original Spanish land grants on the west coast given to conquistador Raimundo Carrillo in the late 1700’s. Today, the romance and majesty of the old west remain in the wide-open spaces and unspoiled natural beauty of the Alisal. They serve as a reminder of simpler times and as an invitation to those with a taste for adventure. As California's premier guest ranch, the Alisal transports guests back to a bygone era. Set on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch, this one-of-a-kind resort blends the best of nature with exceptional golf, horseback riding, tennis, fishing on a 100-acre private lake, fitness center and spa, children's activities, barnyard activities and fine dining. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alisal Guest Ranch And Resort
- Alisal Guest Ranch Hotel Solvang
- Alisal Hotel Solvang
- Alisal Resort Solvang
- Alisal Ranch Solvang
- The Alisal Guest Ranch